Marlene Stollings

Texas Tech has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by former women's basketball head coach Marlene Stollings.

Stollings filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in federal court back in October, claiming discrimination against her and that Texas Tech Athletics did not treat the Lady Raiders' program the same as it did the men's.

In the motion, the university claims it, and Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt, is protected by sovereign immunity and the suit has no basis. Sovereign immunity means the government cannot be sued without its consent.

Stollings was fired in August after a USA Today investigation found players felt Stollings and her coaches abused them. Players said they were ridiculed and isolated, and symptoms of depression were ignored and frowned upon.

According to the motion, Tech President Lawrence Schovanec determined Stollings’ conduct involved “Objectionable Behavior” as defined in her employment contract, and the university had cause to terminate her employment under the terms of her contract.

The motion also says Stollings does not state any viable discrimination claims under Title IX.